Frankfurt 2011: 2012 Honda Insight


The 2012 Honda Insight makes it debut at Frankfurt with some much-needed improvements.

Although the new Civic hatch may be the star of Honda's display at the Frankfurt Auto Show, the refreshed 2012 Insight hybrid is a much-needed improvement over the original. The revised five-door hatchback now has lower C02 emissions that have been achieved through enhanced aerodynamics and powertrain efficiency. Honda has also reduced engine friction, changes to the CVT and even improved the air conditioning all in the name of lower fuel consumption.

Visually, the updated Insight features a revised exterior design, including a new front grille and a slimmer rear spoiler, modified tailgate decals, and a smaller wiper motor. Honda also made some much needed improvements to the hybrid's engine and suspension to give it a better overall ride, something the original was widely criticized for not having. The interior features a new seat fabricate and a black wood look to give it a more upscale feel. Rear passengers will also benefit from an additional 10mm in head clearance. Available with 15- or 16-inch wheels, the 2012 Insight is expected to hit dealerships in the next few months.

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